Understanding business offending: Survey research in Iran
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Original versionJournal of Financial Crime. 2022, . 10.1108/JFC-10-2022-0246
Understanding business offending reflects the extent to which white-collar crime makes sense to respondents in the current survey research. Making sense implies a number of factors that influence understandability. An understandable act is not necessarily acceptable or justifiable. At a university in Iran, criminal law and criminology students answered a questionnaire regarding their extent of understanding of business offenders. The respondents found it on average understandable that top executives and other privileged individuals abuse their positions to commit financial crime when they have problems with their personal finances, when the business struggles financially and faces the threat of bankruptcy, and when they offer bribes in corrupt countries to obtain business contracts. The extent of understandability varies with a number of propositions in convenience theory.